There are plenty of good reasons to go without a car for short errands and trips, including exercise and a reduced carbon footprint. But there’s one big problem that holds a lot of people back: when you’re carrying a heavy load, it can be a struggle to carry it by hand. That’s why Nimble Scooters has created a line of innovative cargo push scooters, allowing everyday people to rely on cars less while doing chores, commuting to work, or shopping. The newest model, the Nimble Urban Scooter, is currently funding on IndieGoGo.
The Nimble Urban has a sleek and attractive design that anyone would be proud to display on the go, but where it really shines is its versatility. The scooter is equipped with a 12×12-inch front rack that can carry just about any shape or sized crate, basket, bag, or box holding 50 lbs or less. Riders can attach a standard bicycle rack to the scooter, allowing them to attach bicycle bags and accessories if desired.
When not in use, it’s easy to tuck the scooter out of sight. It’s already slimmer and easier to carry through buildings and streets than a bike, but when the rack is empty, it can also be folded in half for compact storage. The handlebars are adjustable for most rider heights, and it comes in both black and white models. Unlike a bicycle, there’s very little maintenance needed for the Nimble Urban. The tires never need to be pumped and there are no gears or chains to get tangled up in.
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The makers recommend the scooter for distances too far to easily walk, but not quite far enough to justify a bike or car ride – about two miles or less. They estimate the average user can move three times as fast as they could walking while expending the same amount of effort (or less, if you’re carrying an especially cumbersome load).
Interested in picking up a Nimble Urban Scooter for yourself? Preorders are open on IndieGoGo now. Earlier funders can order the basic model for just $149. And if you’d like to add a bike rack or a custom wicker basket, the prices increase from there. The campaign is seeking $20,000 and is about halfway funded as of this writing. If the campaign is successful, Nimble predicts the finished scooters will ship in June or July.
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